Design documentaries are a new, visual way of bringing everyday life into design processes, as a source of inspiration. This method is used in the early stages of design processes, when designers want to discover what matters to the people they are designing for.
STBY has recently completed a long-term research on the use of travel related e-services. The main question was how consumers choose between using online and offline channels. The results show that people frequently move between online and offline channels, even for relatively simple purchases
For the conference How Smart Are We?, organised by Design Plus in London, STBY produced two design documentaires and creative workshops on the themes Drift and Swim. The first theme explored how smart textiles can help people to navigate in a city in case they want to wander around rather than just going from A to B.
For Philips Medical Systems in Seatle, STBY produced three design documentaries that portray the daily lives of heart patients in London. These documentaries were made to complement the paper-based personas of heart patients in San Diego, as developed by Philips.
A video weblog (vlog) of the creation, adoption and appropriation of interactive objects connected to personal computers in the home. Produced by STBY in collaboration with Tobie Kerridge and Andy Law,
Two design documentaries on how people store and display things around the house. Produced by STBY in collaboration with the interaction design research team at the Royal College of Art, as part of the EPSRC-funded Equator project.
STBY participated in two pilots of the multi-player electronic tagging game CitiTag, developed by Yanna Vogiazou from the Open University and HP labs / Mobile Bristol. The experiences of the players were captured on video while they were experimenting with the real-life mobile game.